Six countries tackle sustainable fisheries  

July 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Close to 150 representatives from six countries attended a three-day forum on sustainable fisheries held at the Iloilo Convention Center from July 4-6, 2017.

The 3rd called Coral Triangle Fishers Forum was organized by the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Technical Working Group (EAFM TWG) of the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature. The regional forum was held to provide a platform where member states of the Coral Triangle can share information, experiences, best practices, and technologies to combat illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing through efficient catch documentation, traceability and certification schemes.

 In the forum, member-states shared their programs and best practices on combatting IUU fishing while private corporations from different countries presented technology solutions to advance electronic fish catch documentation and traceability.

Fish catch documentation and traceability simply means that the manner by which fishery products were caught, where it was caught and by whom, is duly documented and therefore can be traced from the source in all stages of the supply chain. Fish catch documentation and traceability is needed for fishery products to gain access and command good price in the European and US markets.

Professor Jose Ingles who is part of the facilitator team said that there are technologies existing that can be used to facilitate work to eliminate IUU fishing, and there are case studies that provide ways to move fisheries towards greater sustainability.

 Case studies from Tun Mustapha Marine Park in Malaysia on community efforts in addressing IUU and opportunities that can be derived from Fisheries Management Projects (FIPs) were presented. Another case study from Lagonoy Gulf and Mindoro Strait in the Philippines on how catch documentation and traceability are being utilized was also presented along with tuna industry practices from Vietnam.

Commercial fishing companies and small scale fishing associations from the Philippines and other countries were also attended the conference. Dialogues between and among them were part of the discussions on the side lines.

 This was the third time that the Coral Triangle Fishers Forum was held. The first one was in 2010 in Bali, Indonesia, and the second was in 2012 in Fiji. This forum is hosted in Iloilo City by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).




Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, the Director of BFAR, in his welcome address said forums like this provide an opportunity for member states to exchange ideas and information about shared concerns and solutions. He added that it has always been the policy of the Philippine government to maintain cordial relationships with its ASEAN neighbours and the Pacific states.


The Philippines is one the members of the CTI together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste. Representatives from Vietnam and Fiji also participated in the forum. The Philippines is jointly represented at the CTI Senior Ministers level both by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.


Future venue and topic for Fishers Forum will still be decided by the CTI as a collegial body later on.


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